Alexander Martirosov / Alex Martin
1968 - Alexander Martirosov was born in Russia
1985-1993 - Studies at Leningrad Technological Institute, with the specialization
“Radiation process in Nuclear Energy”
2005 - Start to work with photography
2010 - Start of exhibition activities
2015 - With regard of the new creative stage took the creative pseudonym
Alex Martin and divided his activities into two different projects:
Alexander Martirosov and Alex Martin.
The photographer worked on projects in Russia, Italy, France, Switzerland, South Africa and India.
His works are placed in private collections in Russia, USA, Europe and Asia.
A member of FIAP, he participated at international photographic competitions,
including The Color Awards, The Hasselblad Masters Award and competitions under the aegis of FIAP in France, Vietnam and Norway.
He lives and works in St.Petersburg (Russia) and Italy.
23.05 - 06.06.2013 - “St.Petersburg. The color of plumbum is grey” - K Gallery,
15.06 - 15.07.2012 - “Cinque Terre” - Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy
10.02 - 10.03.2012 - “Cinque Terre” - Museo Diocesano, Venice, Italy
22.11 - 05.12.2010 - "Sindrome di Stendhal" - NEVSKY8 / THE ART CENTER, St.Petersburg, Russia
07.10.2010 - First solo exhibition - Hotel Astoria, St.Petersburg, Russia
Photography is a way of looking at the world and making important discoveries.
As Time persists on weaving minutes into hours, centuries and eons, we realise the fleeting character of our earthly sojourn, which makes us value all the more those precious moments where we see routine things acquire a special meaning. These are the moments that allow us to feel the Spirit of Time itself. The changing of the seasons, the Sun travelling across the sky, the eternal play of light and shade - all these things reveal the wisdom of the Creator and the incredible mystery of Life.
What I'm trying to do is to accomplish the thing above using black-and-white photography. Reducing your palette to just two colours helps you to get rid of unnecessary details and complex plots, only focusing on the essentials. As the poet Apollinaire said, 'Shadow is the ink that sun writes in'. Black-and-white photography allows you to capture the subtle way of incomprehensible phenomena on the surface of familiar objects. It reveals the secrets of the world and the beauty of its high purpose.